Jackson, MS Yesterday Ben Moore, 72, was arrested in a McDonald’s restaurant in Jackson for refusing to leave the restaurant. Police were called and hauled Mr. Moore from the restaurant in handcuffs. Moore was asked to leave the restaurant several times but refused, the manager told police.
According to police, Mr. Moore returned to the restaurant after being told never to return two days earlier. Moore told reporters that he had asked workers there if they were satisfied with receiving minimum wage when he was confronted by the story manager. “He wanted to know if I was a union organizer,” said Moore, “and I told him that I wasn’t but that his employees deserved more than minimum pay for their work.” At that point Moore was told to leave and ‘never return to the store.’
Mr. Moore told reporters that his sit-in was inspired by watching the recent film, The Butler, where groups of black students sat in the ‘white’ section of lunch counters to protest segregation. “I felt that it was my right too to sit down here to protest against the tactics of business owners to pay their employees bare minimum wages.” Moore continued, “Then we citizens have to pick up the cost of their health care and the food stamps that they need to help feed their families through our taxes.” Moore, white, said that he wanted to draw attention to this situation through this demonstration.
Judge Eaton Beans will decide on the bond for Mr. Moore at a hearing this afternoon. One of the workers at the restaurant, who asked not to be identified, said that they were proud of the man’s courage and that most of the employees there are afraid to ask for a raise because they would be fired for doing so. The worker said that she has 4 kids at home and cannot make ends meet with what she gets at McDonalds and that ‘she gets food stamps to get through to the end of the month.’
note: Just as in the film, Scrooge, this story is from the future- of what might be if our friend, UptheFlag takes my advice and uses action rather than rhetoric to help this cause.